In 1982, Judge Bruce Van Sickle issued a series of orders that changed how North Dakota cares for its citizens who are developmentally disabled. Hundreds of children and adults left the overcrowded institutions in San Haven and Grafton to find homes in communities across the state. Thirty years later, I Am A Person is reviewing the historical context and investigating the outcome of that reformation. In this 60-minute documentary, the people who have been most affected by the change speak out—to explore what is possible when people with developmental disabilities are provided with the care they need to live full and happy lives, and to build awareness about how they contribute to their communities through both their work and social capital.
Producer: Kim Stenehjem
Editor: Heidi Nelson
Executive Producer: Bob Dambach
Production funding provided by North Dakota Association of Community Providers through a grant from The North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities and by the members of Prairie Public.